The hosts dominated the contest at the Gabba with 556-4 declared in their first innings and 264-4 declared in their second, dismissing New Zealand for 317 in their first innings.

Although New Zealand never looked like reaching their victory target of 504, the prospect of more wet weather and McCullum had kept alive their hopes of batting out the day for a draw.
Skipper Brendon McCullum fought a thrilling rearguard action on Monday with a run-a-ball 80 but once he departed with a controversial caught behind, New Zealand's hopes of forcing a draw were all but gone.

Australia took the final seven wickets to dismiss New Zealand for 295 and win the first Test by 208 runs before lunch on the final day today, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

After Brisbane, the series moves on to Perth for the second match which starts on Friday before concluding with the first day-night Test in Adelaide.


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